The Briarwood Academy junior varsity Buccaneers dominated Thomas Jefferson Academy's junior varsity in a 35-14 victory last Thursday at Briarwood.
"We made one mistake all night, and that was on the opening punt. After that, we played flawless football," Coach Kenny Haney said.
Briarwood's Cody Ewest pulls away from a crowd of Thomas Jefferson defenders.
The Bucs opened the game by kicking off to the JV Jaguars and holding them. On the first punt from scrimmage, the Buc back fumbled the ball, and the Jaguars recovered. The Bucs held again, stopping the JV Jaguars on the Bucs' 40-yard line on downs. Eighth grader Matthew McElveen went 60 yards around the right end for a TD on the first offensive play for the JV Bucs.
"He was too fast for them," Coach Haney said of McElveen. "As soon as he got to the corner, he was gone. They didn't have anyone who could keep up with him."
Cody Ewest kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
The Bucs kicked off and held again. They scored shortly afterwards on a 40-yard pass from quarterback Garrett Mohr to Carson Wiley, "who was determined to score."
Mohr hit Wiley on a wheel route for 30 yards. Wiley ran the remaining 10 yards into the end zone.
The PAT failed for a 13-0 lead for the JV Bucs.
The JV Bucs scored one final time in the first quarter. The JV Bucs drove downfield on the running of Ewest.
Mohr hit Trey Stadler on a 15-yard pass for the score. Adam Hardy ran for the two-point conversion for a 21-0 lead.
Briarwood's Rhett Hinesley drags down a Thomas Jefferson runner.
TJ came back in the second quarter to score their first TD on a 65-yard run and then added the two point PAT to cut the Bucs' lead to 21-8. The Bucs managed to gain those points back in the final minutes of the second quarter. Mohr threw to Stadler on a fly route for a 45-yard TD. Ewest kicked the extra point for a 28-8 halftime lead for the JV Bucs.
TJ scored their final TD in the second half, as did the JV Bucs. McElveen scored again on a quick slant pass from Mohr from 20 yards out. Ewest kicked the extra point for the final score of 35-14.
In addition to catching the TD pass, McElveen gained about 75 yards for the JV Bucs on three carries.
Stadler caught three passes for 65 yards and two TD's.
Ewest gained about 90 yards for the JV Bucs on seven carries. Ewest also kicked three of four extra points.
Mohr, who threw for 175 yards, had a "huge game," according to Coach Haney, who added that it was Mohr's "best game of the year.
The JV Bucs played extremely strong on defense with "the same culprits" - linebackers Eric Johnson, Ewest and McElveen - registering most of the tackles.
The offensive linemen also played an outstanding game.
"That's the way we scheme it," Coach Haney said. "The linemen keep the offensive line blocked so our linebackers can run free and make the tackles."
All of the JV Bucs got playing time in the game, according to Coach Haney, who said he was especially pleased with the play of the sixth graders.
"Everybody played on offense and defense, and everybody played well," he said.
The JV Bucs will travel to Siloam next Thursday to face the Nathanael Greene JV Academy at 6 p.m.